My copy came earlier in the week, and I had a chance to view it on Wednesday night. I was really impressed with the disc. Hats off to Bob Furmanek and everyone else at the 3D Film Archive who worked on this.
Watched on an Epson 5030 projector, the presentation was fantastic. The popout on the main titles seemed to be at the limit of what the projector could do, but didn't present a problem, and that was about the only moment I can remember where the 3D appeared anything less than perfect (and I'd bet that's more of a display issue than a disc authoring issue). The use of depth throughout the film wasn't gimmicky, but did help in making everything seem a little more realistic. The movie itself was a solid "b" movie - in general I'm not a huge watcher of war movies, so I was probably not destined to be this movie's biggest fan in the first place, but I enjoyed it more than I expected. The first half really flew by for me (pun not intended), I was surprised when the "intermission" card came up as I had lost track of time. (I have to admit that I occasionally got so caught up in admiring the technical quality of the presentation that a couple of times I forgot to pay attention to what the actors were saying!)
The technical quality of the 3D presentation was great. The alignment did seem flawless, I didn't notice any ghosting or anything else that would take a viewer out of the movie when watching it. There was the occasional scratch or speck of dirt during the film, but absolutely nothing that would take away from the movie. All things being equal, the work that Bob and Co did on the film's alignment was way more important to overall presentation quality than digitally scrubbing the film to be perfectly spotless would have been. I would gladly run out and buy all of the other vintage 3D films if they were released on disc at this level of quality.
This is one blind buy I am super happy to have, one that has at the least lived up to my expectations, if it didn't exceed them. A lot of us have different passions for different kinds of movies and genres and have at least one area where we'll blind buy or at least see anything - some people collect everything Criterion or Twilight Time put out, some people collect all of the Academy Award nominees, some people are into vintage formats like Laserdisc, some people collect silents or pre-code movies - and my area of blind buys is 3D. This was a great one.
I'm eagerly awaiting "The Bubble" and whatever other tricks Bob has up his sleeve!